Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Fetish Box Parts 1 (Open All Night) and 2 (What Escapes) by Nicole Camden

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This review is for both The Fetish Box, Part One: Open All Night (The Fetish Box #1) and The Fetish Box, Part Two: What Escapes (The Fetish Box #2)

I have read a lot of BDSM, D/s, multiple partner erotica. But these novelettes are among the few where I have had to backtrack in order to keep the story straight. It's strange for a POV to get confusing but somehow, this was. Maybe because it was from more than one POV?

Here are the blurbs...

The Fetish Box, Part One: Open All Night (The Fetish Box #1) is an enchanting eBook debut about a world where your fantasies come true and nothing is quite what it seems. Come on in to realize your heart’s darkest desire...Virginal twenty-two-year-old Mary has just inherited a sex shop in Florida from her mother. After a long drive from California, she arrives at her deceased mother’s house only to be confronted immediately with two equally sexy strangers: the strong, silent John and the irreverent, taunting Max. She’s innocent, almost completely untouched, but feels a completely uncharacteristic pull to each man. Shocking even herself, she realizes it’s not an unwelcome desire.
Max is a playboy who knows how to give women what they want, but John… John might just be able to give Mary something even she doesn’t know she needs…

The Fetish Box, Part Two: What Escapes (The Fetish Box #2) is the breathtaking second installment in the Fetish Box eBook series…open the box and see what escapes…Mary is surprised by the deep feelings that follow in the wake of her first sexual encounter, but fascination with her lover John doesn’t dim her desire for the unapologetically lusty Irish bar-owner, Max. Feeding one hunger has unleashed other needs, and Mary wants to experience everything her new life has to offer.

But Mary’s dark desires aren’t the only ones swirling in the depths of The Fetish Box, and violence erupts amid the passion. When one of the men is attacked and the people at The Box put in danger, Mary realizes that some desires are more dangerous than others…

Partial review (haven't gotten my hands on Part 3)

The storyline was simple and interesting enough (straightlaced virgin inherits a successful sex shop from her unknown mother) but that's where it ends. The side stories are so entwined it detracts from the main points.

Improbable events? Yes, many! But this is a fantasy, so who cares?

I'm very bothered that I have a better picture in my head of the two dogs rather than the main characters! It's as if I'm going through someone's sexual fantasy and the faces are deliberately unfocused so I don't recognize who they are. Why? It's a graphic novel so I expect graphic descriptions.

I do appreciate hanging endings but these border on ridiculous. They don't tease. They're hacked off.

Both parts got read simply because I wanted to see if there was a point. I'm still waiting and hopefully there is something better at the end of Part 3.

Review based on ARCs sent by Netgalley
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